The Great al-Nuri Mosque in the Old City of Mosul was heavily damaged during the ISIS occupation and is still in need of reconstruction over two years on.
In June 2017, as the liberation battles against ISIS were reaching their conclusion in Mosul, the terrorist group bombed the Great al-Nuri Mosque in the Old City of Mosul, as a sign of their impending defeat, inflicted the International Coalition and Iraq Security Forces (ISF). The eventual liberation of Mosul from ISIS came a few weeks later in July. By that point, the city, and al-Nuri Mosque, was in tatters and was in dire need of reconstruction.
Reconstruction work on al-Nuri Mosque, a historical landmark recognised by its Hadbaa minaret, began initially more than a year later and started in earnest one year after that, in late 2019. The bulk of the funds directed towards the reconstruction of the Mosque is being provided by the UAE, amounting to around $50.4 million, and by UNESCO.
Those currently working on its reconstruction have stated that the foundations for the Mosque have been laid and it is now safe to begin cleaning the debris after mines have been cleared from inside.
A staff member working on the site has outline the next steps of the process:
“The next stage will involve fastening the columns and the dome. We will finish the work stage by stage, but before that we need to support the columns. Then we will move to the minaret to support it as well. Work will be ongoing on both the mosque and the minaret. As for the minaret, maintenance work is more difficult than the dome because its ancient stones are scattered. As you can see, we have skilled workers cleaning, isolating, classifying, and numbering antique stones.”
Much of the work being carried out on the ground is being done by local Iraqis, who have been employed to implement the reconstruction project. This project represents part of the general reconstruction process in Mosul, one of the greatest challenges for the local and national government in the post-ISIS era.